My 85 year old Mum has been in N/H for 6 months now. Thankfully she's settled, although constantly asks me, when is she going home. She's physically fit & eating regular meals now, but her memory has got a lot worse. When she started at the N/H she was wearing size 12 trousers, I recently had to buy her size 16. A few months ago, she was quite unwell for 11 days & the GP told me she'd had a mini stroke & put her on aspirin. Thankfully, she didn't have any problems after & doesn't remember anything about it. Last few months she's had swollen ankles & red blotches on her lower legs & was given antibiotics, as one of the blotches became inflamed. Her skin is itchy & she constantly keeps scratching her legs. I have mentioned it to the nurses many times, they tell me her legs are ok. I went to visit my Mum Thursday & the nurse said she was going to ring me the eve before, said the GP had done a swab of her leg & she has an infection. That it's MRSA bug & given antibiotics, cream for her nose & her legs, also elastic socks to stop her scratching. But every time the carers or nurses put them on, she takes them off. I went into her room & got her to change her clothes, as they were a bit dirty. She doesn't seem to notice if her clothes have stains on them. She used to be so neat, clean & tidy, before the alzheimers. I looked at her legs & they were very red & sore. I asked one of the carers if she had any elastic socks & she went & got a pair. She then put cream on my mum's legs & the socks on. I did offer to do it as she was busy, said she'd do it. On leaving N/H, I asked the nurse if others can get the MRSA. She said, only if you have an open wound. I mentioned to her that I have an auto-immune condition, called Sjogrens Syndrome & it causes me quite a few health problems. She said, not to touch my mum's clothes & not to do her personal cleaning etc. I had already dealt with her clothes, but I was very glad I hadn't put the cream on her legs. She never used to be a cuddly person, but every time I go in, she insists on hugging & kissing me. I'm worried about close contact, in case in can be passed on. How can I tell her, not to do it. Does anyone know if MRSA can be passed on by very close contact?